Culture & World Affairs

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Fiction and Politics: How Can Stories Make a Difference?

Stories have power. They distill the past and tell us how to best predict the future. Can fiction writers make a difference in today's hyperpolitical discourse? Should they feel obliged to try?

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Sheila Hartney, Lyde Van Hoy, Pigeon, B J Thrower

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Writing & Publishing

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Retrofuture: Visions of the Future from the Past

From robots that clean and tablet computers, to jetpacks and flying cars. Join the fun as our panelists discuss how the past saw the future! What did they get right, what did they get laughably wrong?

Moderator: Mel. White

Panelists: Mel. White, Mark Alfred, Tim Frayser, Sheila Hartney, Chaz Kemp, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: STEM, History, Culture & World Affairs, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Being Kind To Our Fellow Creatives

It’s easy to become competitive with other creatives when they get opportunities that you’d like to have. It’s frustrating. Our panel talks about how important it is to be kind to each other and to be nice to your fans no matter what.

Moderator: Peri Charlifu

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Sally Hamilton, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Kim Ventrella, Mario Wytch

Tracks: Gaming, General Interest, Business & Marketing, Health & Wellness, Maker, Culture & World Affairs, Art, Writing & Publishing

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

Fandom Past, Present, and Future

Conventions have been happening, officially, since 1939's Worldcon. But...why? Panelists share nerdkind's lore about con traditions, the history of sf fandom, and how congoers today are defining pop-culture trends and building new media markets.

Moderator: Larry Nemecek

Panelists: Larry Nemecek, Aaron Bossig, Sara Felix, Tim Frayser, Kimber, Paula Helm Murray

Tracks: History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Culture & World Affairs, General Interest

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Popped Culture

When crunch is the norm and everyone's disposable, how does this affect pop culture and media? Examine burnout and its effects on our society. What's the spec-fic take?

Moderator: Aoi Kitsu

Panelists: Aoi Kitsu, Alice-of-Hearts, Buck Berlin, Charles Dane Clark, Rook Riley, Martha Steele

Tracks: Health & Wellness, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Culture & World Affairs, Business & Marketing

10:30 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Salon Philosophique

Open sci-fi-oriented philosophy public discussions. All are welcome. (1.5 hours)

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Meetup, General Interest, Science Fiction

11:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Suite 204 (Upstairs)

The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Presented by Oklahoma Chado, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn from hostess Kyuragi Sensei about "the way of tea" by experiencing this historic and artful cultural tradition. (30 minutes. Limit 15 participants. $20 fee.)

Moderator: Oklahoma Chado

Panelists: Oklahoma Chado

Tracks: General Interest, Culture & World Affairs, Workshop

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Suite 204 (Upstairs)

The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Presented by Oklahoma Chado, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn from hostess Kyuragi Sensei about "the way of tea" by experiencing this historic and artful cultural tradition. (30 minutes. Limit 15 participants. $20 fee.)

Moderator: Oklahoma Chado

Panelists: Oklahoma Chado

Tracks: General Interest, Culture & World Affairs, Workshop

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Suite 204 (Upstairs)

The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Presented by Oklahoma Chado, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn from hostess Kyuragi Sensei about "the way of tea" by experiencing this historic and artful cultural tradition. (30 minutes. Limit 15 participants. $20 fee.)

Moderator: Oklahoma Chado

Panelists: Oklahoma Chado

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Suite 204 (Upstairs)

The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Presented by Oklahoma Chado, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn from hostess Kyuragi Sensei about "the way of tea" by experiencing this historic and artful cultural tradition. (30 minutes. Limit 15 participants. $20 fee.)

Moderator: Oklahoma Chado

Panelists: Oklahoma Chado

Tracks: General Interest, Culture & World Affairs, Workshop

3:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Suite 204 (Upstairs)

The Way of Tea (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Presented by Oklahoma Chado, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Learn from hostess Kyuragi Sensei about "the way of tea" by experiencing this historic and artful cultural tradition. (30 minutes. Limit 15 participants. $20 fee.)

Moderator: Oklahoma Chado

Panelists: Oklahoma Chado

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest, Workshop

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Building Better Futures

How to use Design and Foresight tools to build plausible futures for writing, games, movies, cosplay, and more. Professional futurist Tim Morgan aka Everyday Futurist guides this introductory session on future-minded thinking. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Everyday Futurist

Panelists: Everyday Futurist

Tracks: STEM, Culture & World Affairs, Business & Marketing, General Interest, Science Fiction, Workshop

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Effective Communication in Cyberspace

How you communicate can be just as important as what you are saying. This is especially true in an online setting. Our panelists discuss how to get your point across online without starting flame wars or losing friends.

Moderator: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman

Panelists: Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman, Alice-of-Hearts, Tyrell Gephardt, Jovial Juggernaut, A. Lee Martinez, Caleb Masters

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Business & Marketing, Internet Life, General Interest

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Entertaining the Climate Crisis

According to the 2022 World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, climate change is THE greatest global threat today. Speculative fiction is uniquely suited to explore these issues. From the wry satirical allegory of Don't Look Up, to Solarpunk futures, to biodiversity and ecosystem loss, natural disasters, survivalism, and what hope the future holds, how can we explore climate change in our specific media?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Tim Frayser, Brian A. Hopkins, Carolyn Kay, Caleb Masters, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, STEM, Culture & World Affairs, Film & TV, General Interest, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Grab Your Tea & Slippers: Why Cozy Video Games Are Taking Over

Let’s get comfy and discuss why cozy, wholesome games are an upcoming force in the industry, share examples of our favorites, and discuss why we shouldn't hide the fact that we want kinder, gentler titles to enjoy!

Moderator: Michael Mosley

Panelists: Michael Mosley, J.H. Fleming, Lollalotus, James Simpson, Stevo the Gutter Nerd, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Gaming, Culture & World Affairs

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner B

Groupthink, Misinformation, Moral Panics, and More

Survey the behavior of those caught up in societal panics. Examples are the Red Scare, (fictional) child-abuse rings, Satanic panic and D&D, mad gassers, and such. Must a group define itself by defining and condemning an Other, even if the Other ain’t there?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Dr Paisley, Mark Finn, Pigeon, Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman, A C Smart

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

How the Little Dragon Got So Big in Art

Dragons in early art tended to be smaller than a horse. Today's dragons are mighty and massive. What caused dragon inflation? An open discussion about the size discrepancies of dragons in art.

Moderator: Ted Pennella

Panelists: Ted Pennella, David Carrico, Tim Chessmore, Teddy Harvia, W J Hodgson

Tracks: History, Art, Culture & World Affairs, Fantasy

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Salon Philosophique

Open sci-fi oriented philosophy public discussions. All are welcome. (1 hour)

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest, Meetup, Science Fiction